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Furniture Design & Trends to Emerge at Las Vegas Furniture Show

7/21/05 - Las Vegas Furniture Show from July 25 through 28 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center : Stephan Phelps of Triad Expositions, the producers of the Las Vegas Furniture Show, shares what participants can expect of the newest trends in interior design.

"Color, color, color," Phelps said. "Primary colors, like greens, blues, reds and yellows, will be seen more often, but 'earthy' colors are making the biggest splash, with persimmon, oranges, browns, and greens making the most popular impact on furniture designers, especially on traditional Italian and French pieces.

"Shiny" furniture is one of the more popular trends this season. While the "wet" look is a consistent mainstay, elegant and understated designs are more the favorite. Look for more modern and masculine pieces, with walnut, stone accents, ivory, obsidian and Chinese red lacquer leading the way.

"Wood furniture like chests and tables inspired by the Australian way of using different wood grains and swirl-like burls are the 'it' factor." said Phelps. "Look for faux, crocodile-embossed leather chairs and sofas as well."

Asia has lent modern design to home furnishings this season. Spice greens and reds are showing up more often. Banana bark coffee tables and bamboo-accented pieces are examples of the Asian influence.

Phelps noted that "ottomans" remain popular, but are now being created even larger with hidden storage compartments. "This could be a hit with loft-style developments now underway," he said. "The multiple compartments add style and functionality for limited space."

Another design making a comeback is the use of Toile - a white or off-white cotton fabric with pictures of pastoral life.

"The trends in furniture and interior design continue to evolve," Phelps said. "We're excited to be offering our Las Vegas Furniture Show twice annually to keep everyone abreast of the latest offerings in the furniture design world."

The first-ever Las Vegas Furniture Show, highlighting the latest furniture styles and current design trends, will be held at the Sands Expo, 201 E. Sands Ave. in Las Vegas. Featuring more than 100 of the top furniture manufacturers as well as new lines to be launched at the exhibition.
Spring High Point Furniture Market

4/29/05 - Contemporary furniture that can be mixed and matched and used for entertaining and storage was one of the major design trends at this spring's International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.

Other trends:

- Smaller-scale furniture. Designed to fit condos, older homes with low ceilings and second homes.Smaller seat cushions and sofa backs. Armoires smaller than usual.

- Tables of all sizes. There were large, formal dining tables that seat ten to twelve. "Gathering tables" the height of a kitchen island, paired with seats taller than a traditional dining chair but lower than a bar stool.

- Game tables. Poker, chess, or board games, furniture makers want to capitalize on the home entertainment trend. Some game tables convert to casual dining tables which seat up to six.

- Entertainment centers. Newer models have shelving for books, etc. and can be configured to hold any size television. Desks for home offices come with multiple shelves.

- Versatility. Concealed pull-out trays and moisture-resistant finishes on nightstands, side tables and buffets.

- Luxury furniture. Hollywood-style glamour, with beaded fringe and bows seen in many collections.

Home Entertainment

4/29/05 - Friday night poker games are back thanks to the influence of poker-playing celebrities on television. And, thanks to high gasoline prices, more families are choosing to entertain at home by making board games or cards the reason for gathering. These recent trends have created a need for furniture pieces that make entertaining enjoyable and comfortable without giving up on good style and design.

Game tables and other game room furniture were prominent at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., as manufacturers are responding to the trends in home entertaining.

"People are entertaining more in their homes," said Kim Shaver, vice president of marketing communications at Hooker Furniture, which introduced a collection of game room furnishings that includes 15 items. "Game playing is wholesome fun."

The Bassett game table from the John Elway Home Collection was inspired by the Old West, according to Jay Moore, director of communications and research at Bassett. The resurgence of poker playing, evidenced by increased sales of poker kits last Christmas, spawned the introduction of Bassett's game room furnishings at this year's market, he said. The collection includes three game tables, bars and bar hutches. "We wanted to tie in to that trend," Moore said. "We thought we should do something with that. ... The game table and bar were a natural extension."

10/04 - Going home and shutting out the world has evolved into a more optimistic view that is about family, friends and fun.

Most of the styles, colors and furniture trends shown in High Point Market end up in stores about two to six months later. What can we expect to see in 2005 ?


- Entertainment : Consumers want their homes to be a place for fun things like parties, having friends over for dinner, and watching movies. New pieces are created to fit those needs. Wide-screen and plasma televisions are being accommodated by new entertainment centers that not only hold all the equipment but have traditional finishes and design. Others offer lots of storage for DVDs, CDs and video games.

- Multcultural : A multicultural influence is growing. Talk show host Cristina Saralegui launched her Casa Cristina line with Pulaski. The collection, she said in an interview, is not designed to be strictly Hispanic furniture but rather reflect the eclectic European/ Mediterranean/island style of her 1932 home in the hip Miami district of South Beach.Rich medium wood tones, combined with painted wood and wrought iron, are the core of the design. National Geographic expanded its collection, produced by Lane, to include Marrakech and South America.

- Runway Style : Fashion is a stronger than ever influence on furniture. Tweed, pinstripe and houndstooth dominate upholstery fabric. Details include contrast piping. Jeans company Wrangler joined more upscale designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Liz Claiborne in the furniture business with the Wrangler Home collection of smaller scaled, casual country furniture.


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